SJS Newsletter Term 4 Week 6

Newsletter 22 November 2021

Our Vision: To grow Catholic, Christian young people,

who are confident, connected lifelong learners, inspired by the teachings of Jesus,

and who make a positive difference in their community.

Tēnā tātou

It’s been lovely to see the sunshine back and our children enjoying the pool and happily playing.

Our Year 5 and 6 learners were on camp this week at Raukawa. A big thank you to Mrs Andrea Cawood for her diligent and thorough planning for this camp. During this time of covid 19 uncertainty, extra activities need much planning and preparation for the health and safety of everyone. Many schools have cancelled their end of year camps but Andrea ensured that the camp proceeded safely and by all accounts was great fun.

A big thanks also to Amy Cousins and Belinda Murphy for their enthusiasm and support at the camp.

The camp would not have been possible without the team of volunteer parents and our sincere thanks to them also.

Ngā Manaakitanga

Christine Cosgrove

Catholic Special Character

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers - Thank you for all of your amazing food donations for our Christmas hampers!! These will be put together this week and then given to St Vincent de Paul by our Young Vinnies group for them to distribute to families in need over Christmas time.

Religious Education Learning Term 4 - We have learned all about the Rosary, and All Saints and All Souls days, now we are moving into our Advent and Christmas learning! We are looking forward to sharing some of this learning with you on Seesaw.

Thank you for your support with the SVDP Christmas Hampers, you can keep bringing in these food items until 24 November.

Andrea Cawood

Director of Religious Studies

Celebrations - Celebrating Success

Our school discos were a huge success. Thank you to all those who donated food items for the Christmas Hampers. We appreciate your giving hearts.

Camp Raukawa - Our year 5 and 6 learners had an amazing time this week at Camp Raukawa - thanks so much to our parent helpers!!!! Photos have been uploaded on the school facebook page.

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2021 and 2022 Term Dates & Holidays

We will be live steaming the following events, keep an eye on our school Facebook page for the links.

* Senior and Junior Kapa Haka school sharing.

* Choir, Pasifika and Indian group school sharing.

* Winter sports and Athletics school prize giving assembly.

* End of year whole school liturgy and prize giving.

Car park Safety - Please don’t exit St James’ car park via the Tui side during the busy times when our road patrollers are on duty, the carpark is one way.

Please use the side gate by the Hall to walk your child in and out of the school, not the car park. This gate will be closed in the mornings for adults only to open. Thank you for supporting us to keep our learners safe.

Year 6 Celebration Day - Monday 6 December - A reminder that our Year 6’s will be heading to the Lido for the morning of Monday 6th December - they will have access to all the hydro slides, the dive pool and swimming pools, and they will get a small container of hot chips for lunch. The cost for this is $15 per learner.

They will also need a nice full lunchbox and a water bottle full of water. More details to come.


Sun Hats - It is compulsory for the children to wear the approved green school sun hat in terms 1 and 4 as per our BOT Health and Safety Policy. St James' Catholic School is an accredited SunSmart school. Children are also encouraged to wear sunblock. Sunhats may be purchased from Academy Apparel on Broadway Avenue or call into the school office as we have a limited second-hand supply for sale for $1.00. No hat no play commenced on Monday, November 1st.

Please ensure that you are using the using the QR Codes at any of the three entrances to school or the COVID 19 Check-in function on the school app. Please remember to wear your mask into school.


Athletics - Due to the restricted number of participants during Level 2 we are unable to host our School Athletics at the Massey Track. We will hold all events here at St James' over a series of days. Due to level 2 restrictions, parents unfortunately are unable to attend. Please ensure your child is bringing their PE gear to school everyday so children can participate in practices.

Sports assembly - We are looking forward to presenting our Winter trophy recipients in Week 8. Due to level 2 restrictions we will only be able to invite parents of learners who received the overall awards. You will receive an email from the office if this affects your child. Thank you for your support with this.

Issued Sports Uniform - If you have any school issued sports uniform, please return these to the school office.

St James' School PTFA - Parent and Teachers and Friends Association

  • Pastoral Care - Thank you to our current pastoral care providers who have baked and prepared meals for those families in our school community who occasionally need a little bit of extra support. If this sounds like something you would like to assist with could you please email me so I can put your name on our list of helpers. Thanks, Tracey Gunn

  • Please Join us - The PTFA is keen to have new members join them this year. Many of the current organisers are nearing the end of their primary school involvement, and it is time to add more members. If you are interested, please contact Kelly Hoskins (

  • The Egg Project - thank you to those that are supporting this initiative while experiencing magnificent eggs. During Term 3 $74 was received from the proceeds of sales.

Kelly Hoskins
PTFA Chairperson
Serving Our Saints with Faith and Enthusiasm

St James' Catholic School Board Update

The next School Board meeting will be held in the staffroom on Monday 6 December 2021 at 6.00 pm. All Welcome.

Michael Fennessy


Dates for Your Diary

Please keep checking the Events Calendar on the school website or school App as we are updating this should events be cancelled/postponed. All coming events will continue to be updated here. Add to my Calendar.

2021 Term 4

Week 7

Tuesday 30 November - Year 5 Road Patrollers and parent helpers training - St James.

Friday 3 December - Road Patrol Orange Day parade followed by Movie - CANCELLED

Week 8

Monday 6 December - Year 6 Celebration Day - Lido and school hall.

Monday 6 December - Board Meeting 6 pm, All Welcome

Tuesday 7 December - Year 3-6 Sports Trophy presentation

Friday 10 December - Year 6 Formal Dinner and Disco - school hall (parents to drop learners off, staff to run).

Week 9

Tuesday 14 December - Whole school End of Year Liturgy and Prizegiving - school hall - 11:30am. More details about numbers and guests allowed to follow.

Tuesday 14 December - Last day of Term 4, School Finishes at 12.30pm.

Getting Involved

Shining Stars Music and Play – Preschool Music Group Thursday 9:30am Cathedral lounge. Contact Basia

Stamps, Can Tabs, Wine Bottle Tops - One small way we can make life easier for others which costs us nothing, is to collect Stamps, Can Tabs and Wine Bottle Tops. You will find boxes for these in the Office foyer. If, as a family you don’t already set these items aside for Kidney Kids at Starship and the Missions you might like to start as a very visible witness to demonstrating Jesus example of LOVE. Encourage neighbours and family to do the same. There is no deadline.

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